Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning is a bit like the old chicken and egg conundrum. Which comes first? Perhaps it’s obvious that learning should come first—otherwise, what would you have to teach? But the more I teach, the more I learn; and the more I learn, the more I want to teach. That’s a vicious circle that doesn’t seem so vicious.
One of my teachers pointed out to me that I don’t know what I don’t know. Duh. That didn’t seem like useful information. What are you supposed to do with that kind of comment? If I don’t know what I don’t know, how can I even begin to learn whatever it is I don’t know. Well, I can’t teach you much about that, because it’s still a total mystery. Except that I do know that I’ll never know everything. It’s just not possible.
Being able to teach is such a gift. It shows me more and more of what I don’t know. And luckily, some of what I have learned seems to be useful for others. And it all keeps me curious. And that keeps things lively and fun.
What are you learning, and what are you teaching these days? Whatever it is, I hope you’re having fun along the way.
By the way, the guy in the picture is one of my favorite teachers learning how to make felt. (I was the student teaching the teacher—amazing experience.)